Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22

Thread: Help on tripod.

  1. #1

    Default Help on tripod.

    Hi guys, i'm intending to get a tripod and my budget is 150 dollars.

    Here's my gear: D90 with kit lens(18-105)

    Went to SLR-REVO last week to take alook and the sales person recommended a velbon tripod that cost at 69 dollars. He said it's a decent tripod which can last.

    Would like a tripod that is stable and can last for a long period. Any advice guys?
    Last edited by xtin88; 4th January 2010 at 10:49 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member giantcanopy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    SG
    Posts
    6,232

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    u also gotta look into the tripod head as well ( which will be another science and expenditure ). Folks will tell u a good tripod/tripod head setup will last u many many cameras and years. I would recommend to get carbon fibre ones for a good weight : stability ratio. The other materials such as aluminium will be cheaper but heavier to lug ard.

    Get something that gives u adequate height when the camera is mounted. Preferably to the eye level. I am not referring to even extending the central column since u dun get best support from there. But of course if u r really tall then good luck

    Here is a link with good read : http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...ra-tripods.htm

    Try out other tripods and see before u finally get one within ur budget. My velbon is still in good shape like the first time i bought it, and am still in love with it. There are many other good tripod makers as well

    Ryan

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Johor Bahru, Malaysia
    Posts
    1,763

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    unless u can provide the model of the tripod, otherwise i think most of us can't comment much on it as we do not know the spec.

    top up ur budget.
    get a manfrotto 190 xproB + 488rc2(for panning shots).
    now this should las u for a long long while...
    Stirring up emotions with pics - cyliew

  4. #4

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    Hi guys, i'm intending to get a tripod and my budget is 150 dollars.

    Here's my gear: D90 with kit lens(18-105)

    Went to SLR-REVO last week to take alook and the sales person recommended a velbon tripod that cost at 69 dollars. He said it's a decent tripod which can last.

    Would like a tripod that is stable and can last for a long period. Any advice guys?
    I have the same equ as u, i got my travel angel at Peninsula shopping, benro tripod. You can check out here http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=541791
    Last edited by astrorion; 5th January 2010 at 12:50 PM.

  5. #5

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    things to add on, the tripod is a reasonable prices and most important is stable. It can prevent ur camera from little shake or vibrate during windly period to take a good photo. I personally tested on windly day on jurong hill, all my night photo is quite clear.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    The best is to "buy it once, buy it good". Tripod is not something that spoils easily or is there a need to keep up with technology like camera bodies and lenses. So my advise is to buy one that is of good quality which can last your entire photography lifetime. Dont try to save some money now, only to find that it is not good enough and upgrading again in the future

  7. #7

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    digieye profesionnal tripod 288, $98sgd. folded 50cm min 20cm max more den 170cm.
    www.creativelab.com.sg
    Pentax K-7 Fujifilm X-E1

  8. #8

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    stable and can last a long period
    There's a very relevant equation when it comes to tripods:

    Cheap no light and stable
    Stable no light
    Light and stable no cheap

    Try to set aside at least $200 - $400 for a decent used tripod/head combination of acknowledged brand like Manfrotto or Gitzo, but I suspect Gitzo would cost even more. You may think it's super expensive, but such an approach will save you hundreds or even more than a thousand dollars in the long run.

    http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

    Also consider used 3-way heads instead of ballheads. They are usually significantly cheaper used, and are usually far more stable than similarly priced ball counterparts.

  9. #9

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Alright Thanks for all ur replies guys. Was pretty busy so replied late.

    Just another question, if i buy a tripod should i get a remote along with it?

  10. #10
    Senior Member ZerocoolAstra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    rainy Singapore
    Posts
    9,523

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    There's a very relevant equation when it comes to tripods:

    Cheap no light and stable
    Stable no light
    Light and stable no cheap


    Try to set aside at least $200 - $400 for a decent used tripod/head combination of acknowledged brand like Manfrotto or Gitzo, but I suspect Gitzo would cost even more. You may think it's super expensive, but such an approach will save you hundreds or even more than a thousand dollars in the long run.

    http://www.bythom.com/support.htm

    Also consider used 3-way heads instead of ballheads. They are usually significantly cheaper used, and are usually far more stable than similarly priced ball counterparts.
    Your 2 points contradict each other...
    If something stable can't be light, then something can't be both stable AND light, am I right to say so?
    Exploring! :)

  11. #11
    Senior Member ZerocoolAstra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    rainy Singapore
    Posts
    9,523

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88
    Alright Thanks for all ur replies guys. Was pretty busy so replied late.

    Just another question, if i buy a tripod should i get a remote along with it?
    What does a remote have to do with a tripod?
    I've not seen a remote-operated tripod... yet...

    If you're talking about remote for your camera's shutter release, then it's entirely up to you.
    Depends on what the tripod is used for. If night long exposures, you can use exposure delay or timer delay to reduce the possibility of shaking when the exposure is triggered.

    If you want to photograph yourself, then a remote would be a good idea. I think it's not too expensive anyway.
    Exploring! :)

  12. #12
    Senior Member Numnumball's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Central
    Posts
    13,914

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by xtin88 View Post
    Hi guys, i'm intending to get a tripod and my budget is 150 dollars.

    Here's my gear: D90 with kit lens(18-105)

    Went to SLR-REVO last week to take alook and the sales person recommended a velbon tripod that cost at 69 dollars. He said it's a decent tripod which can last.

    Would like a tripod that is stable and can last for a long period. Any advice guys?
    Would suggest if pop by TK Foto in Shaw Towers, their friendly staff will be able to advise. Generally prices more attractive and choices extensive.

    With ur budget, u shd look at sirui, benro and manfrotto though the latter wil stretch ur bucks a bit..
    I turned PRO in diaper chg!
    My Flickr|My Son

  13. #13

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    Your 2 points contradict each other...
    If something stable can't be light, then something can't be both stable AND light, am I right to say so?
    Stable tripods made of aluminium are usually not light.

    Light and stable carbon fiber tripods are usually not cheap.

    This was where I first saw the equation (from Dennis Kee's thread on choosing tripods):

    Saw this quote posted by catchlights, but he told the originator should be ortega

    Most people want 3 things when looking for tripod.

    Cheap, light and sturdy,

    But most of the time people will settle for twos..

    Light and sturdy tripod won't be cheap

    Cheap and sturdy tripod won't be light

    Cheap and light tripod won't be sturdy

    If you decides to risk thousand dollars camera setup kissing the ground should you decides to use the 3rd combination, well, all I can say is, it is you call.
    Last edited by Dream Merchant; 7th January 2010 at 06:34 PM.

  14. #14

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    as u might already realised brands like manfrotto and gitzo would cause damage of a few hundred dollars, taking into account of a matching brand of ballheads. so if u going into that direction, u might need to increase ur budget, i recommend the same set-up i normally use ...manfrotto 055CXPRO4 carbon fibre + 488CR4 ballhead. light and sturdy...
    Nikon D700, N24-70 f2.8, N70-200 f2.8, Sigma 50mm f1.4.

  15. #15

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Just found this very detailed and helpful link on choosing tripods:

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=384016

  16. #16
    Senior Member ZerocoolAstra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    rainy Singapore
    Posts
    9,523

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Stable tripods made of aluminium are usually not light.

    Light and stable carbon fiber tripods are usually not cheap.

    This was where I first saw the equation (from Dennis Kee's thread on choosing tripods):
    that's not quite the same as "Stable no light", don't you agree?
    Exploring! :)

  17. #17

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    that's not quite the same as "Stable no light", don't you agree?
    Think its just a typo.

    How about this? Cheap, light, stable- choose any 2.

  18. #18

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Thanks Ah Bian for trying to help.

    It wasn't a typo. It was incomplete or perhaps I've gotten too used to colloquail phraseology.

    ... but I already put up the complete equation as well as a link, so I don't really see what's the problem, if there was one to begin with.

    CHEERS!

  19. #19

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    Alright will take all ur replies with consideration! Thanks Guys!

  20. #20

    Default Re: Help on tripod.

    i just bought my first tripod last week, for my 500D - manfrotto 190XProB + 496RC2 ballhead
    very happy with it, took my first good night shots the day after very stable, and i definitely recommend it.. i got it for $320, so its well over ur budget, but i think its better to spend now and get something good, so u wont need to upgrade any time soon..

    i was planning on getting the 488, but the 496 was cheaper, lighter, and its pretty much the same except the 488 has the panning option

    just my opinion, having been thru the same situation as u
    Check out my blog: pixelogist.me

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •